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Traces of Achaemenid Dam Identified in Bolaghi Valley


13 March 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Traces of an Achaemenid dam were recently identified in the Bolaghi Valley by the joint Iranian-Japanese archaeological team working in the ancient site in southern Iran’s Fars Province, the Persian service of CHN reported on Tuesday.


“The archaeological studies and the searches for the foundations of the dam revealed that the Sivand Dam has been constructed on a stone dam dating back to the Achaemenid dynastic era,” Iranian team director Mohsen Zeidi said.


“Engineers of the (Sivand) dam have also confirmed that before the construction of the Sivand Dam, there had been a stone dam in the valley, which has been totally destroyed,” he added.


Due to the presence of cut stones, the local people called the location of the dam “Sangbor-e Sabzali” (Sabzali Cut Stone), he explained.


“The Achaemenids had also built an earth dam before the Bolaghi Valley near the Rahmatabad Tepe where the Sivand River becomes narrower. The dam had been left uncompleted and had likely been built before the stone dam,” Zeidi said.


Archaeologists believe that a calculated decision had made for the location of the dam and that the canals dug on the nearby mounts diverted the river.


In addition, they surmise that the dam was not very high due to the artifacts and residential areas discovered nearby.


The team plans to determine the exact location of the dam based on aerial photos and satellite maps prepared before the construction of the Sivand Dam began.


The team’s activities are part of the Archaeological Rescue Excavations of the Bolaghi Valley, a project that has been implemented to save artifacts and glean information from over 130 ancient sites of the valley, which will be flooded by the reservoir of the Sivand Dam in the near future.  




Extracted From/Source: Mehr News

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